Pennfield junior Max Jackson unofficially began the 2015-16 high school bowling season on Thursday when he lined up his first practice shot and promptly knocked down all 10 pins.
It was a sign of things to come for the Panthers at the 10th annual All-City Meet, and perhaps a sign of even bigger things for Pennfield this season.
The Pennfield boys defeated an undermanned Lakeview team by a score of 30-0 at Nottke’s Family Entertainment Center for the Panthers’ sixth consecutive All-City title.
“It’s just the beginning of the season. We have really high expectations this year,” Jackson said. “We’re a young team but we’re experienced enough to be ready for big things. That’s what it means to us – the beginning of the journey.”
The Pennfield girls bowling team also had an impressive day on the adjacent lanes, as the Panthers won their seventh consecutive All-City crown with a 24-6 victory over the Spartans.
Freshman Haley Hooper had the big day for Pennfield, firing team-best scores of 160 and 158 (318) before the Panthers split the Bakers games with Lakeview, 107-86 and 146-147.
“There’s a lot more pressure, especially being a freshman anchor,” Hooper said of her varsity debut. “Bowling in a regular league is just fun and doesn’t really count for much except your own personal gain. At school you count and it goes towards your team goals.”
In the boys meet, Pennfield freshman James Ruoff shot team-best scores of 212 and 221 (433). Sophomore Sean Young shot 197 and 207 (404); junior Bailey Neal had a 198 and a 154 (352); Jackson had games of 181 and 144 (325); senior Tyler Hooper had a 171 and sophomore Joe Larsen had a 167.
Lakeview was led by Caleb Brackmyer with games of 114 and 95 (209). Noah Miller had an 89 and a 107 (196), Calib Carmichael shot a 96 and a 95 (191) and Tyler Orns had a 106 and a 78 (184).
In the Baker games, Pennfield won by scores of 180-63 and 155-59.
“It kicks off the year and it gets us involved with two competitive schools – and Lakeview is always a good competitor,” said Pennfield boys coach Rick Hinds. “This also keeps our boys fine-tuned for our upcoming tournament this weekend at Bay City.”
In the girls meet, Pennfield’s Hooper was followed by sophomore Megan Elwell with 157 and 139 (296); sophomore Alexis England with 148 and 141 (289); freshman Makayla Skidmore had games of 130 and 89 (219) and junior Lexie Horvath shot a 121.
“I’m glad the kids did well,” said Pennfield girls coach Mike Roach. “We can do a little bit better – they are better than what they showed today.”
The Spartans were led by Taryn Snyder with games of 116 and 125 (241); Taylor Rice had a 109 and a 113 (222); Ashley Beronja fired a 100 and a 119 (219); Maria Carpita had a 110 and a 96 (206); Hannah Snyder shot an 85 and Nicole Bradshaw had an 81.
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